Saving Elephants – level 3

13-08-2021 15:00

According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), poaching kills 28,000 elephants every year worldwide.

A former lieutenant colonel, who fought insurgents in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, believes that she can give Kenyan rangers the bigger picture of global criminal networks.

She explained that while people call it ‘elephant poaching’ and ‘illicit trafficking’, once you begin to untangle how poaching happens, how poachers are armed, and how they are connected into networks which move the ivory and the horns, it resembles war.

IFAW provided Kenyan rangers with a smartphone app called tenBoma, which can be accessed and updated in the field. They are testing it in a conservation area of 42,000 square kilometres and the rangers have already reduced elephant poaching deaths by 11% since 2016.

Difficult words: former (-ex), lieutenant colonel (a rank of officer in the army above major and below colonel), insurgent (rebel), illicit (illegal), untangle (find the answers), resemble (be similar to), in the field (while working outside).

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